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Little Goblin® Red Winterberry Holly Ilex verticillata

Flower Season
  • Fall
  • Winter
Mature Size
4' 4' 1.2m 1.2m
Height: 3' - 4'
Spread: 3' - 4'
Height: 91cm - 1.2m
Spread: 91cm - 1.2m
  • Details

    36 - 48 Inches
    36 - 48 Inches
    36 - 48 Inches
    91cm - 1.2m
    91cm - 1.2m
    91cm - 1.2m


    Dwarf winterberry with lots of extra-large berries!

    This unique winterberry brings you extra big and abundant rich-red berries on a dwarf plant. You will treasure this plant for gardens, mass plantings or as a cut branch. Its compact size makes it ideal for residential landscapes.

    Produces Berries
    Fall Interest
    Winter Interest
    Bog Plant
    Native to North America
    Small or Miniature


    Plant Type: 
    Shrub Type: 
    Height Category: 
    Garden Height: 
    36 - 48 Inches 91cm - 1.2m
    36 - 48 Inches 91cm - 1.2m
    36 - 48 Inches 91cm - 1.2m
    Flower Colors: 
    Flower Shade: 
    not significant
    Foliage Colors: 
    Foliage Shade: 
    Container Role: 

    Plant Needs

    Light Requirement: 
    Part Sun to Sun
    Light Requirement: 

    The optimum amount of sun or shade each plant needs to thrive: Full Sun (6+ hours), Part Sun (4-6 hours), Full Shade (up to 4 hours).

    Maintenance Category: 
    Blooms On: 
    Old Wood
    Bloom Time: 
    Late Spring
    Hardiness Zones: 
    3a, 3b, 4a, 4b, 5a, 5b, 6a, 6b, 7a, 7b, 8a, 8b, 9a, 9b
    Heat Zones: 
    Water Category: 
    Border Plant
    Cut Flower
    Mass Planting
    Uses Notes: 

    Mass plantings; hedges; cutting gardens. Its dwarf size makes it a good fit for container gardens and smaller landscapes. Ilex verticillata tolerates damp conditions, and may be used in rain garden and bioswales.

    PLEASE NOTE: To produce berries, you'll need a Little Goblin® Guy ilex, the male pollinator. One Little Goblin Guy will pollinate up to five Little Goblin Red and/or Little Goblin Orange winterberry hollies; plant within 50'/15.24m of one another.

    Maintenance Notes: 

    For complete details about growing and getting berries on winterberry holly, visit our Ultimate Guide to Winterberry Holly.

    Adaptable to wet soils, does well in light and heavy soils. First class pick for planting in saturated areas.

    It is best to avoid pruning winterberry hollies, except to remove whole branches for cut flowers or other decorating. Regular maintenance pruning or cutting back, however, will impact the number of flowers and the quantity of fruit that the plant sets. Little pruning should be required, though very old branches can be removed in early spring if they are no longer producing vigorous growth.

    According to the Humane Society of America, Ilex berries can be toxic to pets. This is means that the plants are generally identified as having the capability for producing a toxic reaction.

    Little Goblin® Red Ilex verticillata 'NCIV1' USPP 27,109, Can 5,716
  • 4 Reviews

    Browse reviews from people who have grown this plant.
    • I'm glad I got Little Goblin Red today .But I'm worried about my Little Goblin won't ber this year, because I don't know how to get a male Little Goblin that can pollinate.Can I buy it directly from you?I hope to get your help.Thank you for raising such a beautiful Little Goblin Red.

      Tao Wen
      , British Columbia
      , Canada
      , 4 years ago
    • Now that I have grown this plant for a few years in my garden, it's one shrub I wouldn't ever be without. All sorts of pollinators swarm the tiny flowers in early summer, and its persistent fruits are snapped up by birds in early spring. This is the only plant in my garden that has such vibrant color over the long winter. I wish I had room to plant a dozen of them! 

      Susan Martin
      , Michigan
      , United States
      , 5 years ago
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